Review Date: January 20, 2000
Released by: Dimension
Release date: 1/18/2000
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: Yes
Outlaw Johnny Madrid (Marco Leonardi) is about to be hung in a small town in Mexico. Just as the door beneath his feet swings open, a person hiding up in a nearby building shoots the rope which allows him to escape. During his escape he takes the Hangman's daughter, Esmeralda, along with him. As Johnny is riding off with his daughter, the hangman begins shooting at him, disregarding his daughter's welfare. Johnny and Esmeralda ride off and meet up with Johnny's gang of outlaws. Soon a young girl named Reece joins Johnny's gang. Reece, who was actually the person who freed Johnny from being hung, proves her worthiness by telling Johnny of a nearby coach carrying an old man who claims to have something "very valuable".
Johnny and his gang catch up to the coach and tear it apart looking for anything of value. They find none and quickly depart, leaving the old man, Ambrose Bierce (Michael Parks), and his two churchgoing passengers, Mary (Rebecca Gayheart) and John Newlie (Lennie Loftin), to fend on their own after having killed their coach drivers. John drives the carriage as far as they can go, but soon it becomes too sandy and they must travel on foot. John, Mary, and Ambrose come up to a bar of sorts that is in the middle of the desert where they enter for food and shelter.
The hangman and his posse are on Jonny's tail. The hangman realizes the only place where Johnny and his daughter can be and heads to the same bar to confront them. Soon all sides clash, but before their battle can go too far they realize something is very strange about the bar they're in - it's full of vampires that are extremely hungry, and they're after the hangman's daughter, who is very special to them! Now the sides that were battling most put aside their differences to try and escape the bar without becoming vampires themselves.
This was actually quite an enjoyable movie. While From Dusk Till Dawn 2
was horrible, this film was actually quite good. It's actually a prequel to the first film, and tells the story of how the vampire princess, Santanico Pandemonium (played by Salma Hayek in the first film) comes to be. While this film did remind me a lot of the first From Dusk Till Dawn
film, it also had its own uniqueness that I enjoyed. The story was good enough, the acting was well done and the effects were descent. I definitely recommend any From Dusk Till Dawn
fans see this flick. I'm quite sure you will enjoy it if you're a fan of the original.
Dimension (owned by Disney) presents From Dusk Till Dawn 3
in it's original theatrical ratio of 1.85:1. As with a lot of newer Disney releases, this title does included an anamorphic (16x9) transfer. The transfer is flawless; the overall color seemed to have a brownish/orange tint to it, but I think that was done purposely to give the feel of a western, which is certainly the theme of the film.
Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 the sound is fairly good. For a direct-to-video release I was impressed with the sound presentation. All the speakers were fairly active throughout the film - the rear speakers had bullets whizzing by numerous times, along with lots of other sounds during the action scenes. No distortion was heard at all throughout the entire film.
Not too much in the extras department on the From Dusk Till Dawn 3
DVD. There is a deleted scene which probably runs around 30 seconds to a minute long. I would definitely recommend watching it AFTER you see the film, as it will sort of throw you off and confuse you a bit if you watch it first (it was something regarding a certain character in the film being a vampire that ultimately didn't happen in the film). Unfortunately, that is the only extra. There isn't even a trailer for the film.
As mentioned earlier this is definitely worth a rental. A great prequel in my opinion. Not perfect by any means, and it certainly doesn't surpass the first film, but it's still worth a watch. The video and audio quality is superb, and while there should have been at least a trailer you probably can't complain much for a direct-to-video film. The $30 price tag bay me too much for anyone except die-hard From Dusk Till Dawn
fans, but the $3.00 rental fee will be well spent.
Movie - B+
Image Quality - A
Sound - A-
Supplements - C
- Rated R
- 1 Disc
- 16 Chapter Stops
- English Dolby Digital 5.1